Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle is one of a popular variety of deciduous shrubs with large rounded flower heads also commonly known as smooth hydrangeas, wild hydrangeas or severnbark both native to the UK as well as the eastern United States from New York down to Florida. In the United States, these shrubs are often found growing in damp areas along woodland road banks and streams. The spectacular blooms are usually developing from July onwards when a lot of other shrubs in the garden are past their best and so provide a useful addition to the flower bed.
The large smooth bright green leaves provide a good backdrop to the magnificent flowers and are sometimes cultivated for floral arrangements. Parts of the roots were used for medicinal purposes by native Americans and the name severnbark is derived from the fact that the bark has a tendency to peel off in thin layers showing differing colours with each layer.
Arborescens Annabelle Hydrangea is one of the most notable and cold hardy of the family Hydrangeaceae growing eventually to approximately 2 metres. The superb white flower heads can attain a diameter of 30cm, usually being removed in spring when the frosts have finished, but a general trim can be done in late autumn. Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle prefers to grow in moist but well drained soil with plenty of organic matter added especially on chalky soils.
As a pot grown plant Hydrangea Arborescens Annabelle is available to plant at any time of year when the weather permits. If planting is not permissible due to inclement conditions then keep the plants in the pots making sure they are kept watered. This means planting can be done at a leisurely pace.